When it comes down to stoner rock/metal one of the biggest names around is High On Fire. Matt Pike and Co released a new album some time ago now, so it’s a good excuse for Southern Lord to dust off HOF’s much coveted debut album, The Art Of Self Defence.
Dublin Death Patrol is a band, or rather a musical collective, made of seasoned members from the once thriving Bay Area thrash metal scene. Chuck Billy from Testament and ex Exodus singer Steven Souza are arguably the biggest names participating in this project.
What do you get when you throw Cynic, Meshuggah, Porcupine Tree and Between The Buried And Me into the proverbial musical blender? Probably something that comes very close to what The Contortionist managed to achieve with Intrinsic, their latest album.
Guitar virtuoso and devil-do-all Misha Mansoor caused quite a stir with Periphery’s self-titled debut. They’re seen as one of the leaders of the so-called djent genre. Let’s see whether he’s able to maintain his position as one of the leading djent minds with the release of the second Periphery record, simply entitled II.
Saint Vitus is a band with a legendary status within the doom metal community. Returning with a new album after many years of absence is like walking in a mine field. The slightest misstep and your status as legendary band is tarnished beyond repair. Let’s see what Wino and Co scraped off the bottom this time around.